Fat Bottomed Girls

Why do women have larger buttocks than men, and why are they considered attractive? From Hottentot Venus to Instagram's Butt Selfie Queen, Cristen and Caroline get to the bottom of our longstanding cultural fascination with women's big butts.

Episode sources:

"Bustle (clothing)." Encyclopaedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/86378/bustle

"Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body" by Victoria Pitts-Taylor Greenwood Publishing Group. http://books.google.com/books?id=66u24WAyO_YC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Did Vanity Fair Diss Women of Color in Spread About Jen Selter's Rear End?" by Britni Danielle. April 08, 2014. http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/04/vanity-fair-diss-women-color-spread-jen-selters-rear-end/

"Does More Butt and Thigh Fat Make You Healthier?" by Joseph Brownstein. ABC News. Jan. 12, 2010. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNews/butt-thigh-fat-make-healthier/story?id=9534982

"Evolution Explains Why We Still Have Butt Hair" by Derek Mead. Sept. 22, 2011. http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/evolution-explains-why-we-still-have-butt-hair--2

"How Nicki Minaj Stumled Onto Black History" by Janell Hobson. Ms. Feb. 02, 2011. http://msmagazine.com/blog/2011/02/02/how-nicki-minaj-stumbled-onto-black-history/

"Rear Admiral" by Alex Beggs. Vanity Fair. April 2014. http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2014/04/jen-selter-corset-photos

"These Butts Were Made for Walking." Discover. Nov. 01, 1998. http://discovermagazine.com/1998/nov/thesebuttswerema1545

"Vanity Fair's Big Butt Story Rejects People of Color" by Carimah Townes. Think Progress. April 08, 2014. http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/04/08/3424047/vanity-fair-people-of-color-butts/

"Venus abused" by Marisa Meltzer. Salon. Jan. 09, 2007. http://www.salon.com/2007/01/09/holmes/

Academic insights:

"Breasts, Buttocks, and the Camel Hump" by Ran Arieli. Israeli Journal of Zoology. 2004. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1560/X0TH-MVAY-WRKY-A32K#preview

"Eye fixations indicate men's preference for female breasts or buttocks" by B. Dagnino, J. Navajas, M. Sigman. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22552704

"Perception of Female Buttocks and Breast Size in Profile" by Adrian Furnham and Viren Swami. Social Behavior and Personality. 2007. http://www.femininebeauty.info/f/furnham.swami.profile.pdf

"The 'Batty' Politic: Toward an Aesthetic of the Black Female Body" by Janell Hobson. AfricanAmerica.org. Mach 15, 2005. http://www.africanamerica.org/topic/serena-and-hottentot-venus?reply=128788938051552006

"Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture" by Janell Hobson. Routledge. 2005. http://books.google.com/books?id=RmCMAQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

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